Facebook: Innovation Of Loneliness?

Facebook: Innovation Of Loneliness?

Facebook. Momwyn.

Sometimes my mom and I have a conversation that goes a lot like this:

“MOM. I FEEL SAD KIND OF.”

“Bronwyn…Honey. Were you on Facebook again?”

“MAYBE.”

“Bronwyn, you know that studies show that Facebook depresses people. Why don’t you go update your LinkedIn profile?”

“UGH. LINKEDIN. FINE.”

I tend to trust the advice that Momwyn gives me. She’s an expert brand strategist and a pretty impressive innovative thinker.

When it comes to social media, however, I like to fancy myself an expert. So where are all these FEELS coming from?

  • Could it be that the social network that I was “raised” on is the bane of my existence?
  • Could reports that Facebook is losing large percentages of active users on the daily actually be true?
  • Is LinkedIn less depressing than Facebook?

Could it really be that moms are always right?

As of right now, all signs are pointing towards yes, and on a much grander scale then we are all probably willing to admit.

According to Shimi Cohen, Sherry Turkle, and Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers, the issue isn’t Facebook specific.

Apparently, modern society’s obsession with constant connection and technology-based interaction are destroying the fabric of socializing in Western culture.

Watch this video.

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.

Now, ask yourself two questions:

First: Does social media perpetuate feelings of loneliness?
Two: Are moms always right?

What do you think? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you (mom, you stay out).

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